South Africa 1911 Cape KEVII 1d Interprovincial Vending Machine


  • 1911 Cape KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) IMPERF (MACHINE CUT) TOP & BOTTOM.
  • The "Rarest Stamp Issue of the Union of South Africa" (de Jager, Kamffer et al, SAP 06/2001) being an
  • INTERPROVINCIAL PERIOD VENDING MACHINE STAMP from the "penny-in-the-slot" machines introduced in 1911 (only 3 locations at that time).
  • A brilliant used example with perfect crisp Cape Town cds 27 SEP 11.
  • The EARLIEST RECORDED DATE for any of these coil stamps.
  • Additionally to showing the machine cuts top & bottom this stamp is a COIL JOIN example with overlapping perforations from the stamp above top still adherent along the top perfs (and tied in places by the cds).
  • It is of the correct 24mm guage vertically as per the machines. See scans for detail image.
  • These machine coils are extensively covered in the SAP article (see scans) where the authors chronicle the lifelong hunt by Eddie de Lange and speculate on examples extant.
  • They record no Cape 1d's, the existence of which later confirmed in SAP 12/2002 by Bram Leeflang.
  • Technically, single used examples are problematic in that they can be "created" simply by blade-cutting a vertical pair.
  • Thus, the only PROVEABLE examples that can be confidently accepted are tied-on-cover use (one postcard known) or coil-join-with-tying-postmark as per this subject stamp.
  • A superb example, a great rarity for Cape Edwardian, Union, Interprovincial or Coil Stamp connoisseurs.
  • See extensive scans accompanying.
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